Aka Sole Tangerine
Line Up included  
Steve Peberdy bass
Graham Lord drums
Mike Toope vocals
John Kemp rhythm guitar/ organ
Geoff Philips lead
Tony Castles bass
Paul Turner bass
Keith “Screw” Ewing lead
Rob Beattie organ
Bob Wilson drums
Steve Seymour lead

From top Rob Mike Bob Geoff Keith

The Band

Tangerine were formed from pals at Urmston Grammar school, apart from Mike Toop who was a Wellacre boy.

Their guitar playing  prowess was descended from Urmston’s Herman’s Hermits.

Hermit Keith Hopwood taught grammar school popstar Bruce Broughton of “The Web”, and later “The Apples” who was in the same year as my elder brother Alan “Freddy” Phillips, who taught me on the usual “cheap acoustic” in this case a Framus 5/50 cello guitar which is  still in the family.

I then passed on the tricks I had learnt to John Kemp and Steve Peberdy.

They were more ambitious and had more faith in their ability than I had, so I declined to join the earlier Tangerine incarnation.

Line up 1
John Kemp  – Lead
Mike Toop  - Vocals
Graham Lord – Drums
Steve Peberdy -  Bass

My brother Alan had his own band, Fidgetty Fudge which became the first incarnation of the Jason T. Alexander band.

Our family were great favourites with the neighbours who really appreciated two group vans bowling up in the middle of the night along with all the inherent gear unloading, laughter  and car door slamming. They even got a petition up to register their appreciation!

When I first joined  Tangerine, they were managed by Alex Thomson, a “confirmed bachelor” who lived with his mum in a Hulme tower block. I remember she always used to have a huge blue-and white striped mug by her armchair, which contained the strongest tea you ever saw, diluted by sterilised milk. She would leave this bright orange brew until it formed a white scum on top of it before drinking. Thomson was a dodgy wheeler-dealer type with a vile temper. When used to take the mickey out of him about his age, he would always reply that he was  the same age as Elvis. He later turned out to be a “bad un” as per the press cutting.

The photo from “Scene 68” magazine  (top of the page) shows a line-up that never happened. Steve Peberdy who had by then joined the Liquorice Fix, came along to make up the numbers. He is credited in the pic as Sid Capper, someone who we were headhunting to take Steve’s place. I never got to meet him as we advertised and got Tony Castles, from Streford’s Beatnuts who had a fab Hofner bass in a red wipe-clean snakeskin finish. Tony didn’t stay for long but had a huge effect on the band as he introduced us to our faithful roadies and future manager.

Line up 2
Geoff Phillips – Lead
John Kemp  - Rhythm
Mike Toop  - Vocals
Graham Lord – Drums
Tony Castles -  Bass

Enter roadies Kevin Pugh and Wayne Kinsey . Kevin had a Ford Thames van and volunteered to drive us to gigs. By day, he was a van driver for a demolition company and as a professional driver, knew the limits to which you could safely drive a van without it skidding off the road or making the engine blow up. Sometimes these limits were surpassed, but it always made for interesting travel. Kevin would often get people turning up at his door after they had tracked him down after being run off the road, or receiving rude gestures.

A denial followed by a threat of violence usually saw them off.

Wayne was an affable ginger-haired guy who worked at Ryman’s in Manchester, who was really funny and a butt of many a cruel prank.

As Kev and Wayne gave their services for free (including petrol, provided by siphon from the day job van) we couldn’t complain. They were a great team, never letting us touch our gear and never refusing the opportunity to take us to the Canadian Charcoal Pit in Sale. (and it’s still there!)

Kevin later moved on to a  fab Long-wheelbase Transit - luxury!

When Tony left we advertised again and got Paul Turner who we had seen playing at a school dance with Wild Silk. His parents ran a dance studio in Swinton. He had a  black Fender Jazz bass with a big chrome bridge cover – big-time!

Line up 3
Geoff Phillips – Lead
John Kemp  - Rhythm/Organ
Mike Toop  - Vocals
Graham Lord – Drums
Paul Turner – Bass

Paul didn’t stay long either and we plodded on without a bass player with John playing some of the bass parts on his Vox Continental.  Must have sounded dreadful but we got away with it.

Line up 4
Geoff Phillips – Bass
John Kemp  - Rhythm/ organ
Mike Toop  - Vocals
Graham Lord – Drums

By now, Mike Carlisle (a friend of Kevin and Wayne) was managing us, and Alex Thomson had claimed the name Tangerine as his own and put another band together under that name, so for a while we became the Sole Tangerine, as an indication of the type of music we play as well as saying we’re the only ones. Clever, eh?

Thomson then managed the New Herd. Maybe he couldn’t think of any original band names for himself.

I was given an ultimatum by the rest of the band and manager Mike Carlisle – play bass or leave. Paul Turner’s Wild Silk pal Keith “Screw” Ewing was available and a good guitarist and singer, so I went on bass. Screw was a “rum bugger” and we had some great times with him.

I’m still playing bass to this day. I never looked back. I became addicted to having the back of my trouser legs flapping.

Line up 5
Geoff Phillips – Bass
John Kemp  - Rhythm/ organ
Mike Toop  - Vocals
Graham Lord – Drums
Keith “Screw” Ewing – Lead

John decided to leave and we had to find a new organist. In the year below us at school was a band called The Blend, I suggested to Graham Lord that we poach their organist. “Rob Beattie? You must be joking.”  Welcome to Tangerine, Rob! Rob turned out to be a great musical director of the band and could also sing great harmonies.

Line up 6
Geoff Phillips – Bass
Rob Beattie  -Organ
Mike Toop  - Vocals
Graham Lord – Drums
Keith “Screw” Ewing – Lead

Screw, being from Swinton,  was a friend of the Chuckles. Their singer, Paul came to one of our rehearsals at the Girls’ Venture  Scout hut in Urmston to play us some of his compositions.

I recorded him playing these on my reel to reel, and we learnt one tune “You’ll Run” which we featured in our set.  We passed on another one which contained the line “Linda, I can see you at my wind-er!”

Mind you, Paddy became top record producer Christopher Neil, and I still haven’t given up the day job, so who’s right?

You can find out about Chris here

We used to get some gigs through Chuckles manager George Gray, who was a nice down-to-earth old chap who introduced me to my first ever poppadom at the Orient Express in Great Ancoats Street.

He was renowned for the line “It’s ‘ard, lads. I can’t even get work fer t’Chuttles”

Graham was the next to leave, so we got his replacement, Bob Wilson, from - The Blend. This was probably the most  successful and fun line-up.

Line up 7
Geoff Phillips – Bass
Rob Beattie  -Organ
Mike Toop  - Vocals
Bob Wilson – Drums
Keith “Screw” Ewing – Lead

I still have happy memories of being in the back of Carlisle’s beautiful Mark 10 Jag one sunny day in North Wales, looking back at Kev’s new long-wheelbase Transit screeching round the bends with Thunderclap Newman’s “Something in the Air” was playing on the radio.

Things started to go wrong after we parted company with manager Mike Carlisle in favour of Barry Perkins who was a hotshot from London. In retrospect, Mike was the straightest  (in every sense of the word) manager we had.

If you have a copy of Live at Leeds by the Who, amongst all the replica leaflets and letters in the sleeve is a letter from Perkins cancelling a Who gig.

Suddenly with Perkins at the helm, Tony Stewart wouldn’t book us, so no more Warmingham Grange or Up the Junction gigs, but we didn’t care.  With Perkins we thought we were heading for the big time.

Perkins took a dislike to those who questioned him. “I don’t like Bob, Bob’s a bastard, You should get rid of Screw, he looks too old” Bob hung on in there, but we nabbed our third Blend member, Steve Seymour. Steve was a great guitarist , had a bright red Marshall  stack and was into rockier material than we were playing.

Line up 8
Geoff Phillips – Bass
Rob Beattie  -Organ
Mike Toop  - Vocals
Bob Wilson – Drums
Steve Seymour -  Lead

We started do some more ambitious material which we enjoyed playing although it didn’t go down so well at some of the venues we used  to play at. Also, Kevin and Wayne the roadies didn’t like our new heavier material so they left. Roadies leaving due to musical differences. Bah!

The writing was on the wall. The work was drying up as Perkins was going cold on Tangerine.

We started roadying ourselves in a Ford Thames potato truck loaned to us by the local greengrocer. Things didn’t seem the same.

Around this time, we became involved with Al Wrigley who was one of the original Hermits, who was promoting gigs at Urmston’s Princess rooms, as well as organising what turned out to be the Move’s last-ever gig in a marquee on Woodsend fields in Flixton. Al showed an interest in managing the band. This resulted in him calling a toe-curlingly embarrassing meeting and announcing that he was taking over the band and that everyone was sacked apart from me and Mike Toop.

The ex-members got themselves together in another band “Stop That Foot” featuring George Borowski and appeared at Wrigley’s poorly attended Move gig.

Mike and I tried to assemble another band but it didn’t work out. I was less into Mike’s Walker Brothers-type musical direction so I spent ten months getting a band going with another ex- Hermit Alan Chadwick, and ex-Sleep drummer Geoff Parker. That was great fun but it came to nothing and that brought me out of the 60’s and into the 70’s.

Where are they now?

I’m still playing after all these years, with various blues, rock ‘n’ roll and country bands and I’ll carry on till I stop enjoying it.

John Kemp packed it in but is now back in action, and I see him quite often when playing in his neck of the woods, and at guitar shows

Steve Peberdy went on to the Liquorice Fix, August Night and The Grit Band

Tony Castles had become a top local government officer when I last bumped into him.

Graham Lord. I last heard of him being a leading Polymer Technologist. I believe he has a secret stash of Tangerine memorabilia.

Rob Beattie emigrated to Canada in 1970. His first job there was as a bicycle repair man. One of his customers was Randy Bachman of Bachman Turner Overdrive. His sister married Steve Seymour.

Bob Wilson formed The Truth with Steve Seymour in 1970 with my brother Alan, Steve Seymour and Jimmy Swales of The Blend. They did one gig, but reformed 30-odd years later with Jimmy and Steve and are now doing well on the Northern rock circuit.  Bob still has his white nicotine-stained Premier kit with the loudest bass drum in the world, along with his fab Gretsch snare drum.

Keith “Screw” Ewing was last spotted in 1976

Mike Toop joined The Marbles with Phil Dale (Ex-Sleep and now top London impresario)
Also played with the Phoenix City Smash, and joined the Merchant Navy. I believe he’s still alive and well running a pub in Rotherham.


Here is a list of some of the gigs we did which I can remember. It’s amazing what I can find floating about in this old addled brain of mine! They’re in no particular order.

Morris Hall, Urmston
My First ever gig.

Horseshoe Inn. Irlams o’th’Height
My second ever gig

West Park RLFC,  St.Helens
We did this a few times. £8 a gig

Adswood Youth Club

Burtonwood USAF Airbase
Did this a few times. All cash was in dollars, even the condom machine in the toilets (the first one I’d ever seen – Oak brand as I remember)
The guy who booked us was called  Captain Horn, who didn’t like us – “You guys have made this dressing room look like a pigpen, is that a boy or is it a girl? You guys have a great manager  there (Alex Thomson) and you treat him like shit”
Alex was fond of him too, so much in fact that he sold Horn our crappy old PA system for an extortionate sum.
I have a memory of “Judy in Disguise” playing on the juke box while I was plugging in my AC30 and getting an electric shock up my arm. I played really well for the rest of the night and was more animated than usual. There must be something in this Frankenstein lark!
Some of our friends in other bands managed to get some very nice flying jackets from a guy who worked in the stores.

Bishop Marshall School, Langley

Oxford, Dukinfield  
Played a killer version of Tin Soldier that night

Queen of Hearts,  Fallowfield
Became the Sandpiper Hotel where all the touring bands used to stay.

SIDAC Social Club, St. Helens

Matlock teacher training college

The Wizard, Alderley Edge
This was a wedding where all the guests were sitting around a long table and there was no room for the band, let alone their gear. We set up outside in the garden facing the large window. In between spots, there was a lot of hanging about to be done and no room for us inside, so as it was a pleasant summer evening so we proceeded to amuse ourselves with some of the props we used to use in our act. Later on a police patrol arrived to investigate reports of a three legged man walking down the centre of the road as well as a moustachioed guitarist with a pair of fake breasts. Graham’s dad worked on the Daily Express and we phoned this story to him.  The story came out on the following Monday.

St. Mary’s Catechetical Hall, Deansgate, Manchester

Broken Cross SC, Macclesfield
Paul Turner’s first gig. There were shouts from the crowd of “Let Ripper King get up and sing one”. After a while, we relented and Ripper turned out to be great. Where is he now?

Openshaw Liberal Club
Some of the band were involved in a crash on the Mancunian Way on the way home. Graham Lord’s fencing champ girlfriend got most of the headlines though.

Steering Wheel Club, Greenfield
– became Pennine Ski Lodge, Greenfield
The first time we did this, I’d been at a works Christmas booze-up all afternoon, and was in no fit state. Screw ended up with a girl who was quite nice but had alternate teeth missing.

A band called Northern Drift (who I believe evolved into the Florida Beach) used to play here until they were banned after their bass player scoffed all of one of the club’s hot pots. They used to do them in 2ft diameter aluminium washing-up bowls. The punters had to starve!

Brown’s, Stretford
A regular gig on our home turf. We used to go when we weren’t playing there.  George Borowski used to play there with his band Purple Haze

Partington Working Mens’

Outside Inn, Levenshulme
While turning into the street where the club was, the side doors on Alec Thomson’s VW van flew open and Tony Cassels’ Selmer Goliath bass cab ended up on the deck.

Bus Stop, Moston
Played here on my 16th birthday. The place was a seething mass of hormones –mine!

Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Little Hulton
The  club manager got shirty when Bob Wilson accused him of putting the money he’d decided to dock from us into his back pocket.

Mecca Ballroom, Blackpool
A  great Wednesday night.  Revolving stage with us on one side of it and resident band Look Twice on the other.  They bought their  long wheelbase Transit from the same garage at the same time as us.  Theirs was yellow, ours was red.  There used to be two go-go girls there who started to follow us about.

Top Cat Club, Keswick
Kevin’s van broke down on the outskirts of town. We managed to coast down the hill into town with all those who had been pushing hanging on to the van’s back step.  Everyone got a lift home with Al Wrigley, except me and Kev.  Slept in a freezing van till Kevin’s Dad arrived in a Godfrey Davis hire van to tow us home.

Mecca Ballroom, Burnley
Arrived in a hired van after towing broken down one from  Keswick  from the gig the night before. See above.
A queue of girls outside the dressing room, one of whom had no teeth, black roots and “Cliff“ tattooed on her arm. Nice

Morley Town Hall.
I wish I had a photo of the huge poster outside. “Tangerine – the Manchester boys with the fabulous noise.”  We became friends with some girls from  Cleckheaton who were groupies of The Elizabethans, who later  became Smokie.

Kimberworth and Wingfield Park WM, Rotherham
Bob Wilson decided to travel there on his motor bike.  They wouldn’t let him in.

Sheffield Polytechnic
Supported Black Widow who at the time were level-pegging with Black Sabbath in the world of satanic rock.

Jewish Lads’ Brigade, Prestwich

Joseph Mamlock House, Whitefield

We used to have a good following amongst the Jewish community. Some beautiful girls used to attend our gigs.

Synagogue, Jackson’s Row, Manchester
Supported Rumble Fat Band. One of them disappeared with my favourite girl while we were playing. Bugger!  See picture

Angel Hotel, Knutsford
Supported The Chuckles   A very beefy friend of our roadies who was standing outside the pub had a pint thrown over him which came from our first floor dressing room. He came upstairs absolutely furious and threatened to throw us all out of the window unless someone owned up. No-one did and we eventually calmed him down. He never found out who did it. That was a close one Mike!

Wolverhampton Tech
supported Bob Kerr’s Whoopee Band, and Timebox (we stood in for Jam Sandwich)
see pic

Durham University
Supported Eclection.  Members  went on to join Fairport Convention and Sailor
First outing for Rob’s new Lowry organ and Leslie. Shame he forgot that Bob’s cymbals were in the case which held  the legs of his old Vox Jaguar organ back in Manchester. Had to borrow Eclection drummer’s cymbals. They had to hang on till Bob had finished with them before they could set off for  their next night’s gig in Brighton.

The Willows, Salford
Played here the night before my English O level. Got in at 2am – passed!

Liverpool University
First time - Started off with three in the audience but we soon got rid of them!
Second time - Did it later at an all night ball in a different building with Soul Staxx who spent most of their time in the dressing room brawling with each other.
Third time – another different hall with the Stroll Band. Someone (no names mentioned) had put itching powder in the bass player’s pants which he had left in the dressing room while he was on stage. He seemed in great discomfort later in the evening.
Bob Wilson’s fab Gretsch snare drum got stolen from the stage. Unbeknown to us, it was later found by cleaners in someone’s hall of residence. Roadies Kev and Wayne traipsed back to Liverpool the following week and presented it to Bob at the next gig.

Lower Chamber Club, Rochdale

Kiosk Ballroom, Castleford
Pretty girls and Neanderthal guys.  Someone thumped Mike Toop for no apparent reason.
I’m not saying that the myth of Yorkshire folk being tight fisted is true, but this place was later renamed Kiko’s by swapping the letters around on the outside of the club.

Cosmo Club, Carlisle
Supported Life ‘n’ Soul and Simon Dupree and the Big Sound.
Simon Dupree had a fantastic stage act. We nicked their BeeGees impression – classic!
Life ‘n’ Soul reported spooky goings on, whilst returning over Shap.

County Ballroom, Carlisle 
Dressing room was 10 feet square and 50 feet high. Rumour had it that if we wandered out of the dressing room, we would get a good kicking.

Towbar, Egremont
The oil pump went on the Transit so we had to stay a couple of nights in a caravan while it was fixed. Saw a great band “Golliwog” there the night after we played

Edgehill College, Ormskirk
Supported Gravy Train. An eclectic bill of pretty-boy pop and heavy prog rock that night!

Ashton-u-Lyne  Cricket Club
Steve Seymours first gig

Hillstores, Oldham
Steve Seymour’s second gig. A girl who clapped eyes on Steve with his Afghan jacket and Robert Plantesque  hair shrieked “He’s f*****g  gorgeous!!” Welcome to Tangerine, Steve!

Chirk Town Hall
Lent my yellow angora wool mini-sweater to a girl who used to come and see us when we were in that neck of the woods. Can I have it back?

Wrexham Memorial Hall

Llanymynech Village Hall
Supporting the Phoenix City Smash. The first night we used our new huge Sound City stacks. We arrived late because Mr Reno wouldn’t let us take them away till Rob Beattie’s dad had signed as guarantor. Me and Screw stayed at a B&B run by an ex-underwear model who used to go out with one of the Tremeloes .

Loreto College, Manchester

Chorlton Irish Club
Still looks the same today.

Coatham Hotel, Redcar 
Supporting  Government whose singer turned out to be David Coverdale

Dolywern Town Hall
They used to bus in the punters from neighbouring villages. Supported Frankie and the Knockouts

Penny Farthing, Manchester
The first outing for Graham Lord’s new Ringo Starr style Ludwig kit in this seedy joint near the Palace Theatre

Princess Rooms, Urmston
Rare home town gig

Carlton Club, Warrington.
Try lugging a Lowry organ up their wet fire escape in the dark!

Nantwich Civic Hall
Supported The Foundations the weekend  “Build me up Buttercup” was number one, also Gary Walker and the Rain (crap but featured future Badfinger guitarist Joey Molland who snaffled my AC30 while I’d nipped out to the chippy)

Bolton Wanderers SC.
Very thick carpets. That’s all I remember.

Bolton Casino 
(supporting Windmill who had a turntable hit with “Big Bertha”)

Viking Club, Seahouses.
Always used to get tea and toasted teacakes on a silver tray when we arrived there. Nice touch. Other venues take note!

Beehive, Swinton
Home town gig for Screw

Belle Vue, Manchester
Play a slow tune and watch them all make an exodus into the bar. Play a fast one and watch them all come back in again.

Spa Bar, Buxton
Sorry we scratched the top of your Leslie speaker. I had to put my amp somewhere!

Haltwistle Town Hall
Roadie Wayne turned down the house lights to give the room a nicer ambience and ended up getting battered by the caretaker’s son. Apparently they left the lights on so they could see the fights breaking out.

Atherton Labour Club.
Sign for 20 quid but get £17.50. “Tangerine – always welcome here.” Wonder why?

Hag Fold WMC
The reason I’ve always hated doing working mens’ clubs.

Barrow Public Hall.
Big high stage. Massive hall. Empty. Watch the place fill up as the pubs chuck out. Look at all the bouncers in maroon jackets. Look at that one fly though the air for about twenty feet and nut somebody!

Hawick Town Hall
Another place that made you feel  glad to get out alive. Friendly girls and psychopath guys.  The alarm on Kevin’s van used the low horn off a diesel train. When all the drunks were stumbling into the parked van, they kept setting the alarm off. The police gave us half an hour to get out of Scotland.

Caesar’s Palace, Berwick-on-Tweed
Supported Dave Berry and the Cruisers.
We wouldn’t lend them our gear. They weren’t happy

Workington Welfare Centre
Mid week. Home for 3 am. Up for work at 7. Twenty quid

Catterick RAF Camp.
Me and Screw took home two hippie girls, in the days of face painting. They seemed quite normal really. The RAF used to bring in the local crumpet in coaches.

Morecambe Pier
Supporting Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich.  Our go-go dancing friends from Blackpool turned up and danced for us. One of them got stuck in the dressing room with Beaky.  Don’t know what they were up to.

New Century Hall, Manchester (supporting Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich)
A taste of the big-time.  How we did this without a bass player is a mystery.

Ciaroscuro Club, Wakefield

Prestatyn Lido
supporting Springfield Park who were managed by Love Affair drummer’s dad.

Quaintways, Chester
supporting The Chants who became the Real Thing, and The Greatest Show on Earth who featured Blockheads bassist Norman Watt-Roy

Lafayette Club, Wolverhampton

Up the Junction Club, Crewe
Owned by Tony Stewart from Warmingham Grange

Warmingham Grange Country Club
supporting  The Maybellenes among others. They always had the same go go girls dancing behind us. No-one ever got to know them.

Clockwork Orange Club, Chester
supporting a fake William Bell

Bull’s Head, Stoke

Northwich Memorial Hall
supporting Tin Circus with Stuart Charles – lunatics!

Howard Arms, Whittle-le-Woods

Samantha's. Leek.
First gig minus our road crew. We borrowed greengrocer Mr Thornton’s Ford Thames spud van.  Died a death. The cracks were beginning to show.

Urmston Grammar School’s Light Fantastic dance
supporting  The Maybellenes. This was a great do put on by geography master Peter Lawrence who put on a light show and projected images of the band on a big screen. Very ambitious for 1967

Monaco Ballroom, Farnworth

Withington  Hospital Social Club
Arrived just in time to see someone getting beaten up outside

Manchester Royal Infirmary  Ball
Even back then I was amazed at how many doctors and nurses were smoking

Northern Hospital dance

Odd things I remember

Scene 68
A great newspaper about the Northern beat scene. We were asked if we wanted to appear in it. ”Yes please!” then we were told it would cost us a tenner for which we would  get 100 prints of the photo.  When the prints finally arrived, they turned out to be 100 copies of the paper, which explains why I still have a couple of copies of it left 43 years later!

The Burger van on Cannon Street
Anyone remember this? It was run by a two really nice old guys who put up with all sorts of nonsense from drunks and undesirables and hungry pop groups

Empire Grill, Albert Square
The place to go for a late night overpriced egg and chips in semi-posh surroundings.

Knutsford Services 
Used to have great fun winding up one particular lady who worked there, rearranging  the stick-on letters on the plastic display cases. “Pastries” became “Panties, Doughnuts became Dogs nuts etc.” We were so easily amused in those days!

Some of the songs we used to do

Judy in Disguise – John Fred
Plastic Factory – Captain Beefheart
Things Get Better – Eddie FLoyd
I get so excited  - The Equals
Morning Dew – Tim Rose
Gimme Some Lovin – Spencer Davis
Homeward Bound – Simon and Garfunkel
Take this Hammer– Spencer Davis
Massachusettts - BeeGees
Bottle of Wine - Dunno
Appletime  - Tangerine
You'll Run – Paddy Chuckle
Hurdy Gurdy Man - Donovan
Remember - Hendrix
Another Saturday Night - Drifters
Land of 1000 Dances – Wilson Pickett
Gimme LIttle Sign – Brenton Wood
Everlasting Love – Love Affair
Half as Nice – Amen Corner
Bend Me Shape Me - Amen Corner
Tin Soldier- Smal Faces
I Need Your Love -Tangerine
Gettin' Mighty Crowded- Betty Everett
Something Else – Eddie Cochran
Knock on Wood – Eddie Floyd
Sunshine Help Me – Spooky Tooth
Badge -  Cream
Ride my seesaw – Moody Blues
If I were A Carpenter – Four Tops
Let's Work Together- Canned Heat



28th Aug 1969.

We were on instead of Jam Sandwich

Tangerine fan


Left to right: Keith, Mike, Rob, Geooff, Bob

Photograph taken in 1966 at the Apprentice Training School , AEI-GEC Power Engineering in Trafford Park, Manchester

Mike Toop (Tangerine) is on the front row far right at the end.
John Dixon (The Santa Fe Reunion) is on the middle row 5th from the left (with the mod cut and the tie).

Well it had to happen - Tangerine got together for the first time since 1969 at Urmston Mens' Club and played a set of all the old favourites.

In the pic  L-R is Graham Lord (drummer), Mike Toop (vocals) Ralph Stretch (old pal of Tangerine and steward of Urmston Mens' Club) John Kemp (guitar) Geoff Phillips (bass).

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I remember seeing these guys in1969 Lowerhouse Canteen Club, it was also known as the Duke's Place in Burnley, they could maybe add that to there gig list. I even remember them doing the song Things get better by Eddie Floyd.

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